Woman of Respect

Runway Photos: Melissa Toms

Ali MacGraw in Ibu
Portrait by Rob Brinson

Ali MacGraw—movie star, American style icon—is laying out a trash bag for me to sit on. In an effort to find a more intimate spot to chat, she’s insisted that we take our conversation outside and briefly escape the buzz of women who’ve come to Charlotte Barnes Studio in Greenwich to see Ali’s collection for Ibu and meet the screen legend herself. “I’m worried about your white skirt,” she says, as we get settled on the back steps behind the building, and before I know it, she’s laying out the plastic sheeting as if it were a picnic blanket. I’m immediately enchanted. I assume everyone who meets Ali has the same reaction. She’s magnetic, instantly warm and familiar, interested and passionate. It’s with this enthusiasm that she tells me how she found herself here, at seventy-eight, as a designer and ambassador for Ibu.

Ibu, the Indonesian word for woman of respect, was founded by Susan Hull Walker in 2013. A world traveler with a background in textiles, Susan started the company as a way to share her discoveries while empowering the women who create and produce them through cooperatives. A range of handmade clothing, accessories, jewelry and home goods are sourced from female artisans representing thirty-four countries. Susan connected with Ali after years of seeing each other at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, where Ali now lives. They bonded quickly over their shared aesthetic and a friendship followed.

Ali easily accepted the invitation to become a brand ambassador for Ibu, but a chance to design a collection was something she hadn’t considered. She agreed, knowing her early career in fashion (as a stylist and photographer’s assistant) would help her translate her own style into the pieces that make up the collection. Most important, she’d have the opportunity to support a global network of women. “It’s not a career move,” she says. “It’s something I’ve always loved more than anything. My parents were artists. Most of what interests me is what I look at, and I believe in what [Susan]’s doing.”

An African multi-strand blue beaded necklace became the jumping off point for the palette. Paired with white and pops of orange on embroidered cottons and lightweight silks, the breezy summer capsule includes eighty-five designs that reflect Ali’s bohemian style, while invoking the history of the artists. “I love that not only did someone make this, but generations of people have probably worn it.

“There’s nothing there I wouldn’t wear,” she says, showing off her own look: hand-dyed indigo pants and a crisp white shirt, topped with a brightly colored coiled necklace in the signature ali4ibu colors. She’s the picture of effortless elegance with a bare face and hair pulled back, so it’s easy to see how Ali MacGraw landed her current role: model, muse and creative force driving Ibu’s vision. ibumovement.com


BRIGHT IDEAS
MORE IS MORE WHEN IT COMES TO IBU ACCESSORIES


AFRICA
VIVID VINYL
Recycled LPs are melted down into tiny discs and strung together to create these necklace strands. In a pile of tangerine layers, they make a serious statement. $95

INDIA
EAR PARTY
Fiesta earrings with cascading, cheery tassels in warm citrus shades add a playful punch. $35

PANAMA
CLUTCH & GO
The Mola Sasa clutch refers to the bright geometric textiles—called molas—that have been hand-stitched for centuries by coastal Panamanian women. $395

COLOMBIA
CUFF LOVE
Handcrafted from the caña flecha cane plant, this power cuff is an Ibu signature piece. Wear two and create your own Wonder Woman moment. $20

 

 

London Calling

Fans of British style who fancy themselves more Kate Middleton than Kate Moss will be delighted to explore HOBBS LONDON, the latest U.K. export to Greenwich Avenue. The Duchess of Cambridge is often seen wearing the heritage label, which began in Hampstead with shoes and has since expanded to include contemporary clothing and accessories marked by expert tailoring, luxurious fabrics and classic silhouettes. In choosing this location for its stateside flagship, Hobbs U.S. president Jim Walters focused on Greenwich as a town that speaks to Hobbs’ “core DNA” and that is “home to women who are influencers in both home and work.” Transitional pieces are stocked throughout the store; floral print dresses and sophisticated separates that pair well with a colorful selection of outerwear or one of the brand’s signature trench coats. Guests at upcoming weddings (royal or otherwise) will have access to the exclusive By Invitation and Palace Collections, the latter featuring gowns created in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces.

In transforming the space, storied antiques and décor were carefully chosen from all over the United Kingdom, including a tabletop antique jewelry cabinet from the ’20s and a carved plaster and oak mirror rescued from a Welsh estate. And of course, silver tea trays and teapots are scattered throughout, because what’s more British than that?

Elise hat; $95.
Zoe sunglasses; $135.00
Bonnie fluted sleeve top; $145. Nina chino short; $105; Alexis maxi dress; $325

 

 

Be Dazzled

Above: The space sets a warm and welcome tone with a modern mix of bronze and copper finishes.

Under the glittering lights of chandeliers that resemble giant bangles, Greenwich shoppers are welcomed into the latest boutique shopping destination from Saks Fifth Avenue. The Vault, which houses a stunning selection of fine jewelry, follows Saks’ recent expansion along Greenwich Avenue with contemporary fashion at The Collective and a dedicated shoe salon at 10022-SHOE. The main store will get its own renovation, with plans of completion in 2018. All four locations, which make up The Saks Shops in Greenwich, aim to provide a unique shopping experience with their focused curation of products in a more intimate setting. As Marc Metrick, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, put it, “We’re no longer in the department store business, we’re in the specialty store business.”

Vhernier’s Blue Velvet titanium neckalce features 1,698 diamonds, totalling 16.77 carats; $175,600
Graff Princess Butterfly watch with 14.52 carats worth of diamonds; price upon request

INSIDE THE VAULT
The dramatic 6,000-square-foot space houses an impressive roster of luxury brands, ranging from colorful gemstones in classic settings by Robert Procop to Aurélie Bidermann’s whimsical creations. Bidermann, along with Anita Ko, Nikos Koulis, Dena Kemp and Repossi are among the list of designers exclusive to Greenwich. Beyond the center cases, offerings from Chopard, Bulgari and Graff are displayed in their own distinct spaces that line the perimeter of the store. With two private viewing rooms, customers will have the chance to get a closer look at some of The Vault’s rare and specialty pieces. De Grisogono’s $2,571,500 diamond ear cuffs top the list, and with a limited-time appearance, they’re the perfect excuse to plan your visit soon.

 

 

Pattern

Shirting stripes take a feminine turn


J.CREW
Ruffle maxi skirt; $695.
jcrew.com


CLUB MONACO
Elisabet top; $179.50.
clubmonaco.com


ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET
Grazi off-the-shoulder maxi dress with belt; $330.
aliceandolivia.com


CAROLINE CONSTAS
Apollonia striped off-the-shoulder dress; $495.
intermixonline.com


NO. 21
Knotted striped satin sandals; $560.
net-a-porter.com


ROBERTA ROLLER RABBITT
Necklace; $35.
robertarollerrabbit.com


Add contrast with contemporary cuts


TORY BURCH
Striped Bermuda bag; $595.
toryburch.com


BANANA REPUBLIC
Shirt; $78. Pants; $98.
bananarepublic.com


CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Christeriva denim & suede ankle-wrap d’Orsay pumps; $875.
saks.com


ETRO
Anise dress; $2,005.
modaoperandi.com


FENDI
Hypnoshine sunglasses, red & dark blue; $695.
fendi.com


RAG & BONE
Ellis boot in navy/red stripe; $595.
rag-bone.com

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Shear Genius

For a high fashion take, look beyond classic black or tan and opt for colorful shades of leather and suede. Cropped and cocoon shapes elevate statement outerwear even further.


VINCE
Shearling Reefer coat; $2,495.
vince.com


COACH
Shearling pom pom bag charm; $65.
coach.com


FRENCH CONNECTION
Vest; $198.
lordandtaylor.com


MANOLO BLAHNIK
Ostrava suede & shearling booties; $1,495.
saks.com


MATT BERNSON
Tundra element boot; $299.
mattbernson.com


LONGCHAMP
Roseau Patch; $825.
us.longchamp.com


LEXINGTON COMPANY
Danella shearling jacket; $749.
lexington company.com


JOIE
Breese vest; $348.
joie.com


VERONIQUE BRANQUINHO
Shearling coat; price upon request.
veroniquebranquinho.com


All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Back to School

With a mix of sweet and sophisticated pieces, designers debuted collections filled with tie-neck blouses, Peter Pan collars, jumpers and miniskirts. Mary Janes and oxfords completed the looks.

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KREWE
Louisa sunglasses; $220.
clubmonaco.com

Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger

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CINQ À SEPT
Lily collared print dress; $495.
intermixonline.com

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KATE SPADE NEW YORK
Bow collared sweater; $298.
katespade.com

Michael Kors
Michael Kors
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg

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MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION
Leather flared miniskirt; $1,995.
shop.mitchellstores.com

Carven
Carven
Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Top Street Maryjane pump; $725.
christianlouboutin.com

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J. CREW
Cropped wool pea coat; $298.
jcrew.com

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WALIN & WOLFF
Collegiate loafer; $248.
walinandwolff.com

 

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Beyond the Boutique

Above: Fashionable selections from the store’s French exhibition.

Lisa Lori

Over the span of Lisa Lori’s long career in PR, she has been fortunate enough to work with a variety of prominent brands in industries ranging from retail to beauty and fragrance. But all the while, she dreamed of opening her own store. In bringing her passion project to life with the brand new Perfect Provenance, Lisa focused on creating an inclusive and intimate concept store, complete with treasures collected by a team with years of travel and scouting expertise.

A combined art gallery, café and boutique filled with carefully selected apparel, design finds and home goods all coexist in a space that encourages customers to discover global products and find inspiration in the museum-like setting. A smaller selection of artisan collections offers an in-store alternative to the dizzying cycle of fast fashion and online shopping.

The art and merchandise will reflect a single theme, with four to five planned exhibitions per year. For her debut showcase, Lisa looked to France with We’ll Always Have Paris. Fashion and accessories from designers like Vanessa Bruno, Perrin Paris and Robert Clergerie will be stocked alongside vintage posters, while a French menu will be ready for those looking to stay for a bite. Throughout the year custom pieces designed for The Smile Collection will also be available, with a portion of profits donated to Operation Smile.

Both the Martone bike and the original propaganda poster are available for purchase.
Both the Martone bike and the original propaganda poster are available for purchase.

In executing her vision of this old-fashioned business approach, Lisa has found the ideal location in the 1912 Victorian home she’s worked to restore to its original glory. The transformed interior sets a welcoming tone for The Perfect Provenance: a traditional brick-and-mortar space with a fresh atmosphere. 47 Arch Street, 203-900-1131; theperfectprovenance.com

Portrait by William Taufic; Interiors by Venera Alexandrova

 

 

All American

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Zara

Peplum top; $36.
Greenwich, 203-861-7411; zara.com

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Fendi

FD 0117/S; $470.
Sunglass Hut, Greenwich, 203-629-7907; sunglasshut.com

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Rebecca de Ravenel

Les Bobbons earrings; $275.
modaoperandi.com

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alice + olivia by stacey bendet

Cady short; $198.
Greenwich, 203-826-8540; aliceandolivia.com

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Joie

Flo heels in skylark/dusk; $330.
203-413-1330; joie.com

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Polo Ralph Lauren

Pleated-bib shirt; $165. Cutoff denim short; $98.50. Ethne denim espadrille; $295.
Greenwich, 203-869-2054; ralphlauren.com

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Tory Burch

Isla tunic; $350.
Greenwich, 203-622-5023; toryburch.com

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3×1

Bianca fringe straight crop in white;$285.
Intermix, Greenwich, 203-302-3200; intermixonline.com

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K. Jacques

Cluny platform slide; $308.
shop.mitchellstores.com

 

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Fun in the Sun

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The Well Appointed House
Set of four embroidered cocktail napkins; $64.
Greenwich, 203-863-9600; wellappointedhouse.com

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Pottery Barn Kids
Fire and Crème cake stand and centerpiece; $24–$79
potterybarnkids.com

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Sunny Life

Inflatable watermelon raft; $60.
sunnylife.com

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The Pineapple Co.

Pineapple gold tumbler; $35
urbanoutfitters.com

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Paper Source

Inflatable fruit beverage floats; $12.95 for set of three.
Westport, 203-682-0500; papersource.com

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Anthropologie

Caicos napkins; $8 each.
Greenwich; 203-422-5421; anthropologie.com

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Tops Malibu

Mini piñatas; $69 for set of three.
nordstrom.com

 

 

Style Scoop

Above: Beastly Threads scarves 

FASHIONABLY CONSCIOUS
With Beastly Threads, Torrey Shawe has created a company that gives back

Many people say they aim to leave the world a better place, but for Riverside native Torrey (Strohmeier) Shawe, it’s the focus of her textiles line. Inspired by the one-for-one model, Shawe developed a collection of scarves called Beastly Threads with the aim of donating a significant portion of profits to habitat and wildlife preservation efforts. Each piece is a boldly colored work of wearable art, perfect for anyone looking to make a stylish purchase with meaningful purpose. Scarves start at $75. Enter code GMROCKS for 20 percent discount. beastlythreads.com

 

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SUMMER READY
Camp essentials and stylish finds for the whole family at Lester’s

The last thing you want to do on a gorgeous sunny day is schlep to the mall to update your kids’ gear for the warm weather. Enter Lester’s with a stock of contemporary clothing from all your favorite designer brands for the younger set. Well-trained staffers can assist with everything from pulling the latest boho styles for your teen to selecting the best summer sneakers for your first grader. A true one-stop-shop, it’s also the destination to get your camper bunk-ready. With a trunk full of overnight basics and new wardrobe to match, you’ll be sending them off in style. 18 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, 914-908-5688; lesters.com

 

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BATHING BEAUTIES
ERES looks to the silver screen for its latest capsule collection

As the original Bond girl, actress Ursula Andress and her bikini-clad debut in Dr. No created an iconic swimwear moment. With designs inspired by her suit, the French label has released a collection of styles in one- and two-piece varieties that feature the film’s buckle detail in classic ERES silhouettes. The capsule will be available in ERES stores this summer, just in time for you to channel your inner Bond girl at the beach. Suits starting at $175. 372 Greenwich Avenue, 203-340-9500; eres.fr

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Parıs

Above: Paris photo by istock/ RudyBalasko;  All images courtesy of Designers/Brands

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GUCCI
Earrings; $9,850.
Manfredi Jewels, Greenwich & New Canaan; manfredijewels.com

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MONIQUE LHUILLIER
Langham gown; $8,500. Overskirt; $1,600.
moniquelhuillier.com

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BETTERIDGE
Ring; $125,000.
Greenwich; betteridge.com

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HAUTE BRIDE
Sash; $725.
A Little Something White, Darien; alittlesomethingwhite.com

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ANA PARZYCH CAKES
Cake; price upon request.
Greenwich; connecticutweddingcakes.com

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GIANVITO ROSSI
Crystal sandals, $1,980.
bergdorfgoodman.com

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RAFE
Sara minaudiere; $790.
neimanmarcus.com

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L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR
Caligna; $180 for 3.4 oz.
sephora.com


STYLE NOTE

weave opalescent pearl tones with rose and yellow gold for extra shimmer

 

 

Celebrate Mom

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Roberta Roller Rabbit

Short kimono robe in hearts print; $85.
Greenwich, 203-869-1969; robertarollerrabbit.com

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Dogeared

‘Mum’ three pearl necklace; $62.
Splurge, Greenwich, 203-869-7600; splurgegifts.com

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Michael O’Mara Books

Glorious Gardens: Creative Coloring for Grown-Ups; $7.18.
barnesandnoble.com

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Lux Bond & Green

Rose quartz and diamond stud earrings; $225.
Greenwich, 203-629-0900; lbgreen.com

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Two’s Company

Medallion tray; $56.
Bruce Museum Store, Greenwich, 203-869.0376; brucemuseum.org

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Shiseido

Benefiance WrinkleResist24 intensive eye cream; $55.
Sephora, Greenwich, 203-422-2191; sephora.com

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Tory Burch

Fret-print fringed square scarf; $250.
Greenwich, 203-622-5023; toryburch.com

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Sam Edelman

Gigi sandal in gold metallic; $75.
Lily, Old Greenwich, 203-990-0951; lilyoldgreenwich.com

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Color

Think (hot) pink with shades of fuchsia

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STUART WEITZMAN
Sliderule; $355.
stuartweitzman.com

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MCM
Haydn oversized round sunglasses; $326.
bergdorfgoodman.com

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ZARA
Sweater with side slits; $20.
zara.com

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LONGCHAMP
Pénélope bag; $775.
longchamp.com

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YVES SAINT LAURENT
Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick, N° 5 From Darling To Hottie; $36.
yslbeauty.com

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CALYPSO ST. BARTH
Madeline sequin fan earrings; $225.
calypsostbarth.com


This sunny yellow is far from mellow

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MANOLO BLAHNIK
Esparra yellow satin ankle sandal; $795.
shop.mitchellstores.com

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SOPHIE HULME
Nano Milner; $350.
sophiehulme.com

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KATE SPADE NEW YORK
Eyelet skirt; $248.
katespade.com

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NINE WEST
Gemily block heel suede mule; $89.
lordandtaylor.com

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MONSE
Skirt; $3,990.
copiousrow.com

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Man of Style

Above: Tom Bonomo

Thomas Dean, the namesake line run by Greenwich resident Tom Bonomo and fellow industry veteran Dean Holly, continues to win fans with its approach to menswear: classic styling in a variety of colors and prints. What started with sport shirts has expanded to include pants, sweaters, shoes, blazers, swimwear, outerwear, and for the gentlemen-in-training, a line for boys. We asked Bonomo about the world of men’s fashion, future plans for the company and how life in Greenwich influences his work.

Q  Tell us how you got started.
A  My parents owned a men’s clothing store in Oregon, so I “grew up” in this business. I was always attracted to the men’s clothing sold in Europe, especially shirts. I thought, Why can’t I bring that style and quality to the U.S. and create a shirt line that’s stylish and at a price that men would buy in multiples [shirts start at $125]? In 2003, my now business partner Dean Holly had just left Nordstrom and we set out to launch our own line. We launched in January 2004 with Nordstrom as our biggest chain, selling us right out of the gate. Today we sell through big department stores and over 400 specialty stores around the country.
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What sets your brand apart?
There are really two things that set us apart. The first is value. When I say value, I don’t mean cheap. Value to us means making a product that is of high integrity at a very comfortable price.

The second is design. A lot of our inspiration comes from Europe. We take that aesthetic and merchandise it into a product for the American market.

How has men’s fashion changed?
Men—of all ages and styles—are now, more then ever, really into fashion.
Guys care and invest more time in the clothes they wear.
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What staples should every man have in his closet?
A real sportswear blazer [not a suit jacket or the navy blazer you wear to the office], a gingham shirt, a pair of five-pocket pants, and a pair of brown suede shoes.

What’s been your career highlight so far?
That we’ve been able to build a solid company and create jobs. Also, our industry is extremely competitive, and the fact that I can walk into a store and see Thomas Dean amongst so many other brands makes me proud of what we are doing.

How does living in Greenwich inspire your designs?
Greenwich has a great IQ in terms of fashion. Men know how to dress and we have incredible downtown shopping. A few years back, we named one of our labels after a Greenwich street [Loch Lane].
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Bonomo’s son, Harry, models for the next generation.
Bonomo’s son, Harry, models for the next generation.

What’s next?
Russell Wilson [of the Seattle Seahawks]approached us about doing a collection together. Last February we launched a brand with him called the Goodman Brand [Bonomo is Italian for ‘good man’]. It reaches a more contemporary customer with more modern styling and fits. thomasdean.com

All images courtesy of thomas dean

Rainbow Bright

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Ralph Lauren Collection
Soft Ricky 33 abstract-print faux leather satchel; $3,500.
saks.com

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Salvatore Ferragamo
Claire polka-dot lace-up flat in sable; $825.
Neiman Marcus, The Westchester, 914-428-2000; neimanmarcus.com

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Milly
Rainbow box clutch; $295.
Walin & Wolff, New Canaan, 203-966-4281; walinandwolff.com

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Christian Louboutin
Miss Taos; $2,495.
christianlouboutin.com

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Saint Laurent
Cabas Rive Gauche small tote; $2,450.
Barneys New York, 212-826-8900; barneys.com

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Giuseppe Zanotti
Lottie; $1,595.
giuseppezanotti.com

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Lanvin
Sugar striped nylon mini shoulder bag; $1,250.
Richards, Greenwich, 203-622-0551; mitchellstores.com

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Tory Burch
Palermo sandal; $325.
Greenwich, 203-622-5023; toryburch.com

 

All images courtesy of Designers/Brands

Break Away

Miami Chic — Everything But Water

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Electric Burst

What looks better against tropical-blue water than a pop of vibrant color? Absolutely nothing, and that’s why we love the bright choices layered in this bold, backless maxi dress with cross-front halter tie in Solstice from Mara Hoffman; $298. @everythingbutwater

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Make a Mesh

Remember the old rule of one dominant feature? Whatever, because this swimsuit not only comes in a super-juicy nectarine color, it also boasts daring cut outs at the waist and shoulder by Seafolly: Mesh About ($192). Mesh is a hot collection now. @everythingbutwater

 

Maui Boho — Letarte

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Palm Reader

The palm-print top from Letarte is for beach-lovers who love a splash of color. This cover-up works just as well for dipping a toe in the ocean as it does strolling up to a beachside bar hut; Sea Palm Top ($388). @letarteswimwear

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Cross Roads

Sometimes life is a little more exotic when you take the off-the-beaten path to a gorgeous white beach. Prepare with the new Letarte cross top. Choose from this and other print and top options. @letarteswimwear

 

Bali Tradition — Roberta Roller Rabbit

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Mix Master

The new Bali Collection at Robert Roller Rabbit forecasts a sophisticated spring. The new Casa Kurta Kera Layer features traditional Aari embroidery with woven metallic thread in a Moroccan print around the neck and cuffs; seen here in Indigo Rose ($135). @robertarollerrabbit

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Hanging On

While this shot is from an all-too-familiar NYC (especially when we are daydreaming of views of the Indian Ocean), these shoulder-skimming Big Tassel Earrings ($25) are exotic enough to transport us far from home in a flash. They are hand made abroad with rayon and mixed metals. @robertarollerrabbit

 

Baja Free-Spirits — Calypso St. Barth

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Brighten Up

The great thing about this colorful Liridia Embroidered Cover-up ($495), aside from being crisp and fun, is that it works both poolside and in town to ensure you are turning heads with your sunny attitude. @calypsostbarth

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By Hand

OK, a hand-dyed crochet bikini was made for women who like sand between their toes. Anna Kosturova Crochet Sting Bikini Top ($90) and Shortkini ($100) looking very much at home along any hot and breezy coastline. @calypsostbarth

 

Images from Instagram pages of brands as listed

 

Honey, Do

Above: Kiernan & Lorig – Photographs: Lacy Kiernan; Bottles by Sasha Studios

Growing up in Greenwich, Mareill Kiernan and Andrew Lorig learned the value of giving back. As the marketing director and managing partner (respectively) at Honeydrop, a new line of cold-pressed juices sweetened with raw local and Manuka honey, they’ve chosen to be part of a company with an important social cause. With the charity initiative, Buy A Bottle—Save A Bee, Honeydrop aims to combat Colony Collapse Disorder by supporting local beekeepers with a donation from a percentage of proceeds. The funds are used to build new hives and run educational and community programs.

The refreshing drinks come in six flavors and are currently on shelves at Citarella, Kings, Fairway and Whole Foods.

The perfect on-the-go snack or tasty way to cleanse
The perfect on-the-go snack or tasty way to cleanse

 

 

 

Instant Gratification

Good news for the gotta-have-it-now crowd. Luxury e-retailer Net-A-Porter has expanded their same-day delivery service to Connecticut. Previously available to shoppers in New York City and the Hamptons only, now customers in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport have been granted access to the company’s premier team, who can arrange delivery for orders placed by noon.Instant Gratification“Same-day delivery allows us to extend our high level of customer service one step further, providing the Net-A-Porter customer with greater flexibility in her otherwise busy life,” says Heather Kaminetsky, VP of Global Marketing. “We understand that things come up last minute and it is not always feasible to wait for next-day shipping or make it into a store before day’s end.” So what are you waiting for? That shopping cart full of items could be on your doorstep by dinnertime.

 

 

Retail, Reimagined

Above: A residential setup styled with vintage pieces at Club Monaco Greenwich

Club Monaco aims to redefine the shopping experience. With a series of individually tailored stores, the company has focused on incorporating non-branded products to sell alongside its apparel and accessories. For an interior that feels more like an incredibly chic home than a clothing boutique, high-end flea market finds are layered with the label’s fashionable staples in a setting that combines modern design elements and traditional architectural details.

At the Greenwich location, customers will find hand-sourced silver trays, crystal glassware and ornate mirrors, among other treasures. “These are the objects that we love and that surround and inspire us every day,” says Caroline Belhumeur, creative director and SVP of women’s designs.

And for the true collectors, a vintage case houses coveted classics like Chanel bags, Hermès scarves and watches by Rolex and Cartier. The luxe pieces feel right at home–and you will, too–in the welcoming rooms of the transformed space.

 

 

Bouquet in a Bottle

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NEST Fragrances Dahlia & Vines, 50 ml; $68. nestfragrances.com

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Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land, 50 ml; $145. byredo.com

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Eric Buterbaugh Florals Sultry Rose, 100 ml; $300. ebflorals.com

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Givenchy Dahlia Divin, 1.7 oz; $90. nordstrom.com

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Tom Ford Café Rose, 50 ml; $220. tomford.com

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AERIN Evening Rose, 1.7 fl oz; $110. aerin.com

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, 1.7 oz; $115. sephora.com

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Valentino Valentina Assoluto, 1.7 oz; $90. saks.com

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diptyque Florabellio, 50 ml; $90. diptyqueparis.com

“This fragrance captures the childhood memories of Christiane Gautrot, one of diptyque’s founders, and pays homage to her summers spent with her family in a seaside village in Normandy.”
—Eduardo Valadez, National Retail Sales Manager, diptyque

 

 

Built to Last

Photograph: Interiors by Olson Photographic; Exterior and headshot by Gus Cantavero Photography

Although Douglas VanderHorn’s latest award-winning home was built in 2013, it maintains the old-world charm of a Connecticut grande dame. Honored with the 2015 Alice Washburn House Award by the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the waterfront design was recognized for its marriage of form and function. In this case, the traditional style was informed with careful historical research while the home’s interior elements address twenty-first-century needs.

The timeless look recalls the classic late shingle style, a period roughly between 1905 and 1915, and VanderHorn focused on every detail to achieve the look. Stonework from an old farm wall revealed a weathered patina, and the inclusion of reclaimed decorative windows and an antique marble mantle add to the ageless aesthetic. As for modern enhancements, the home includes energy efficient LED lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and a self-contained electricity generating system. All are connected and accessible via Savant smart house technology, along with control of all music, television, security and surveillance.

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Shop Smarter

Don’t wait until spring for a closet purge—and, no, we’re not suggesting you throw away any precious finds. Today’s world of luxury consignment now has a marketplace for runway resale on a whole new level. Converting that serious stockpile of designer favorites into cash has never been easier. With the largest selection of pre-owned and authenticated luxury items, The RealReal buys and sells everything from Chanel handbags to Cartier watches. Full-service consignment includes photography, pricing, merchandising, selling and payment handling. An option for white-glove service is available to anyone with ten or more items and offers an in-home private appointment and consultation with a luxury manager.

Here, Chief Merchant Rati Levesque gives us some tips for buying and selling. To make an appointment, contact local Greenwich luxury manager Liz Logie at Liz.Logie@therealreal.com.

How to Consign & What to Know Before You Do:

1) Look for critical mass. It stands to reason that more eyeballs yield a faster sell-thru in the world of e-commerce. So before you choose a consignment partner, be sure to research the site traffic of the website. Look for at least a 2-million- to 3-million-member base.

2) Sell to the right customer. Look at the type of items the company you are considering consigning with is selling. It will offer insight into its customer demographic. For example, The RealReal’s focus is authenticated luxury goods. Shoppers come to the site seeking luxury goods and know the value of brands available.

3) Beware of hidden fees. Understand what percent of the sale you will receive, less hidden fees. Some consignment stores give you 40 percent, some give you 50 percent, and online you can get 60 percent to 80 percent. If you attempt to sell your goods on your own or through an auction site, it may seem like you could earn more. However, hidden credit card fees, processing costs, shipping and returns might diminish any upside.

4) Avoid return hassles. Read the site’s return policy. It’s critical to you as a consignor. If you are choosing to sell on your own, you might find it difficult to mange returns.

5) Read the fine print for payment. Understand when and how you will be paid. Some sites give you points rather than cash. Others will deduct additional fees from your payment like credit card processing fees.

How To Be a Smart Consignment Shopper 

1) Confirm authenticity. Ensure the goods have been inspected and authenticated. Whether you’re buying online or in-store, the seller should have a 100 percent authentication guarantee. If you’re inspecting the product yourself, make sure you know what to look for. Take a look at The RealReal’s authentication video series for tips.

2) Find customer service. Make sure there is a published customer service number you can call and speak to someone live about your questions and concerns. If you’re buying in store, make sure an accessible and knowledgeable sales associate can assist you.

3) Know the return policy. There’s nothing worse than buying a pricey item and discovering it doesn’t fit, but you can’t return it. Ask about the return policy upfront to make sure you are able to return size-centric items like clothing and shoes.

4) Check the price. This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t overlook the importance of knowing the price and how it stacks up against other items of its kind. You don’t want to end up overpaying for an item, or underpaying (a cautionary sign that it may be a fake).

5) Consider the resale value. Being a savvy-shopper today means not only scouring a deal on a designer brand, but also making your money back through re-consignment. Consider the resale value upfront, which will make it easier to turn around and re-consign in six months.

See more at therealreal.com.

 

 

Carried Away

Blame it on the Fendi fur monster bag bugs. Once the couture critters hit the accessories scene, fashion girls embraced the trend by adorning their handbags with luxe toys. Charms allow for a playful expression of personalization, perfect to make your ‘it bag’ stand out in the crowd. For summer, go full kitsch and opt for seasonal symbols in bright colors–all the better to pop against a white bag. And if you’re not into key rings and tassels, try on a preppy sticker monogram; it’s the quickest way to add F-U-N to your summer bag.

Tory Burch Banana Key Fob, $60; toryburch.com
Tory Burch Banana Key Fob, $60; toryburch.com
Tory Burch Palm Tree Key Fob, $60; toryburch.com
Tory Burch Palm Tree Key Fob, $60; toryburch.com
Kate Spade Leather Pineapple Keychain, $38; katespade.com
Kate Spade Leather Pineapple Keychain, $38; katespade.com
Kate Spade Leather Crab Keychain, $38; katespade.com
Kate Spade Leather Crab Keychain, $38; katespade.com
Karen Kimmel Bag Bolo, $36; jcrew.com
Karen Kimmel Bag Bolo, $36; jcrew.com
Anya Hindmarch Leather Letter Stickers, $55 each; neimanmarcus.com
Anya Hindmarch Leather Letter Stickers, $55 each; neimanmarcus.com

 

 

Sole Mate

After getting serious about committing to the gown, your footwear options are typically wide open. Modern brides continue to take advantage of the opportunity to let their heels show off their big personality with a bold color, playful pattern or frilly embellishments. For those looking for shoes that are extra-extra special, check out whimsical and glamorous designs from British designer (and newlywed) Sophia Webster.

Sure to make a statement, the range includes bedazzled stiletto heels, oversized crystal-embellished pumps and butterfly wing-adorned sandals in shades of ice blue, crisp white, blush pink and cherry red.

The soles of each pair feature Webster’s signature playful stamp of “Wifey for Lifey,” a cheeky wink you’ll love showing off.

Just like that, your walk down the aisle got even more fabulous. Available at sophiawebster.com and net-a-porter.com

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Tyra Ivory Crystal
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Lacey Crystal Bridal Heavenly Pink
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Jojo Fur Ivory
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Coco Crystal

Well Suited

You deserve a new bathing suit. After surviving an especially brutal winter, you’ll want to look your best as you soak up every bit of the summer sun, lathered in SPF, of course.

Thankfully, Everything But Water is here to help.

In celebration of three decades in business, the swimwear destination has commissioned thirty designers to create poolside pieces inspired by iconic moments in swim and resortwear. With looks from brands including Gottex, Kate Spade, Karla Colletto, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Mara Hoffman, Marysia, Seafolly and Zimmerman, the collection includes modern interpretations made famous by the classic bathing beauties of film and pop culture. The variety of suit styles and cover-ups offer options for every beachgoer, whether you identify more as bond girl (Dr. No’s Ursula Andress) or girl next door (Sally Field as Gidget).

“From Ipanema to Phuket, Malibu to the Maldives, a fabulous swimsuit will make waves in every time zone,” said participating designer Michael Kors. We agree – even if you only plan on traveling as far as your own backyard.

So the only question left: When it comes to your own icon moment, are you a Grace, Audrey, Liz or Bo?

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Shop the full collection now »


Everything But Water

84 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich; 203-622-1878

 

Mom Rocks

Gorgeous gems guarantee a Mother’s Day she won’t forget

1. Irene Neuwirth
Gold rose-cut aquamarine moonstone bracelet; $5,100. Rose gold Rose De France amethyst bracelet; $2,550. Richards, Greenwich, 203-622-0551; mitchellstores.com


 

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2. Tiffany & Co.
Paloma’s Sugar Stacks rings (from top). Pink sapphires in 18k rose gold, large; $4,500. Yellow quartz in 18k gold, small; $675. Blue topaz in 18k yellow gold, large; $1,350. Diamonds in 18k yellow gold, large; $5,500. Lavender amethyst in 18k yellow gold, small; $675.
Greenwich, 203-661-7847; tiffany.com


 

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3. Lux Bond & Green
Emerald cut aquamarine pendant; $6,550.
Lux Bond & Green, Greenwich, 203-629-0900; lbgreen.com


 

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4. Betteridge Collection
Peridot disc-shaped drop earrings; $1,735.
Greenwich, 203-869-0124; betteridge.com


 

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5. Shreve, Crump & Low
18k yellow gold oval peridot weighing approximately 8.5ct and diamond 1.2ct cluster ring; $7,650.
Greenwich, 203-622-6205; shrevecrumpandlow.com


 

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6. Lauren K
Peach moonstone, faceted opal, and amazonite Gemma earrings; $6,820.
Manfredi, Greenwich, 203-622-1414; manfredijewels.com

All images courtesy of designers/brands

 

What’s Old is New

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Or in this case, one person’s gently used Hermès bag is the deal of a lifetime

At Roundabout Greenwich, savvy label-loving devotees can shop new and consignment designer favorites, from Alaïa to Chanel. Owner Laurie Perren runs four stores (Westport, Greenwich and two in Manhattan) that tap into the winning combination customers can’t resist: high fashion at low(er) prices. We recently caught up with her to celebrate twenty-five years of reclaimed couture.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK IN FASHION?
Yes. My sixteenth birthday came and I immediately ran to Loehmann’s in Norwalk to apply for a job. They were not hiring, but I told the manager that it had always been my dream to work for Loehmann’s and to please keep me in mind for any future openings. He said I could start the next day. I graduated with a degree in management and briefly held a corporate job, which I hated. After years of consigning my own clothing, I realized that I knew enough to create a better business model. Roundabout was born, and here we are twenty-five years later.

HOW CLOSELY DO YOU FOLLOW FASHION TRENDS FROM SEASON TO SEASON?
The nature of consignment is to procure items from past seasons. That being said, the other part of our business is purchasing new inventory and selling it for substantially less than retail. Many times items are current stock and reflect of-the-moment trends in color and style from some of the country’s most fashion-forward boutiques. Even past-season inventory seems right on-trend today.

WHICH BRANDS/PIECES ARE YOUR MOST POPULAR?
Brand loyalty changes from season to season. I have seen plenty of ‘It’ designers over the years. Twenty-five years ago anything Donna Karan was hot. There was a time where we couldn’t give away a Louis Vuitton bag. Now they fly out— especially the vintage ones. Two brands that have always held their own have to be Chanel and Hermès. We even give consignors 66.6 percent back for these bags as opposed to the normal 50 percent. We require documentation on Hermès because there are such finely made imposters out there. In the past, you could just bring a bag into the Hermès store and they would be able to authenticate it for you, but they will not do that anymore. We’re also seeing a trend toward younger, more wallet-friendly designers like Rag & Bone and Vince.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER COME INTO THE STORE?
In my opinion, the best item was a black Togo leather Birkin bag by Hermès which was adorned with Chrome Hearts sterling silver hardware after the bag was purchased. Hermès was offended that anyone would alter their bag and told me they no longer considered it theirs. But it was the absolute coolest item ever! It now resides in the home of a woman who was visiting from Texas.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL WOMEN WHO’VE NEVER SHOPPED THE STORE?
I’ve heard loyal customers say, “Wow, this is like shopping in the Loehmann’s Back Room in the good old days!” Come early in the season for the best selection and make sure to frequent the end-of-season sales, where discounts can be up to 90 percent off regular retail prices.

 

Ballet Beautiful

It was Martha Flemming’s love of ballet that inspired the idea behind Pas de Deux Bridal (the French name translates to dance for two). After a 2010 performance, the fashion industry veteran and Greenwich native took a tour backstage and was taken with the racks of dreamy tulle and embellished lace costumes. Armed with the idea to translate the looks from ballerina to bride, Martha did her research on the world of wedding wear while searching for a designer to execute her vision. When the suggestion to meet Heather Royal came from a bridal industry colleague who happened to be a former ballerina, Martha knew she’d found her partner. Heather, an accomplished designer who honed her tailoring skills at luxury bridal houses, shared Martha’s passion for creating a line of romantic and feminine looks for the modern bride.

With twenty-five pieces in their 2015 collection, Pas de Deux offers swirling silhouettes in both gowns and separates, allowing brides to create truly customizable looks. The diverse line, which includes silk organza cropped tops and Chantilly lace palazzo pants, will appeal to those looking for alternative takes on classic dresses and to brides hoping to find unique pieces for all of their wedding events.


Pas de Deux Bridal

203.542.5756